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How to copy a shared folder into my own Google Drive?

It seems like the Make a Copy option only works for individual files (not for folders). When somebody shares a folder with me on Google Drive, how can I make a copy of that folder in my own Google ...
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How can I see who has access to my Google Drive folders?

I have a main folder in Google Drive with lots of sub folders that also have sub folders. The main folder is shared with my team. Some of the sub folders are shared with external people (temporary ...
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How do I reset permissions for Google Drive documents in all subfolders?

OK, I've looked everywhere for the answer for this and don't seem to be able to find it. We are trying to get our Google Drive organised so that the right people get access to the right things ...
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In Google Sheets how do I duplicate a sheet along with its permission

In a Google Spreadsheet called Attendance there is a sheet called Template. The user duplicates this sheet, renames the sheet with current date and uses this sheet to mark attendance for students. The ...
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How to set several owners for a Google Drive folder?

Strangely enough, I couldn't find any information about this, which I would have thought is a common problem. I want to share a folder with another person I work with. I want to give them the same ...
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How can I hide my name on a shared Google Doc?

Just realized my name is clear as day on my documents that I'm sharing with strangers. Meanwhile they all show up as "Anonymous %animal%". How do I make it so my name doesn't show up?
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Require User to sign in order to edit a document on Google Drive

I have a document shared publicly (anyone with the link can edit). Is there a way of requiring signing-in in order to make any edits? The motivation is to know who is editing instead of "Anonymous ...
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Why are my edits and presence anonymous in Google document when I'm signed in?

I edited a Google spreadsheet document, while logged with my Google account. After looking into revision history, I could see that the revision is not under my name but under "All anonymous users". I ...
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Why can't new group members see a folder that I have shared with the group?

I have a folder that I am sharing with a Google Apps group - marketing@acme.org When a new user joins the group, I add him in the Google Apps admin panel groups section, I then expect the user to ...
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Is it possible recursively remove permissions / sharing from a single user in Google Drive?

I'd like to remove a specific user from having sharing permissions in a specific tree in our company's Google Drive. I have found that I can select all of the folders at a specific level and remove ...
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How can I appear as an "anonymous animal" on Google Drive?

How do you change your title to an anonymous animal on shared Google Drive documents? I'm currently in a college class of about 150 and I'm the only person doesn't seem to know how to make ...
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IMPORTRANGE() will not update unless deleted and re-pasted

IMPORTRANGE is not updating on one of my sheets. I've been using it on hundreds of other sheets with no update issues but it is no longer functioning for me. The sheet is set to update every minute I ...
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How do I share a Google Sheet with 'read only' permissions?

Given some Google Sheet I'm aware of the Share button in the top right corner. However, the default settings allow anyone with the share url to edit the sheet. Is it possible to set permissions so ...
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Is it possible to see the owner of a public Google Doc?

If I create a public Google Doc that anyone can edit who has the URL, will my Google id or name or anything else be publicly viewable? I tried it and I didn't see anything about the owner in another ...
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How can I transfer ownership of a file in Google Drive that isn't part of Docs?

I'm trying to find a way to transfer ownership of a file in Google Drive to another user. I can share a file with another user, but I can't find a way to transfer ownership of the file. There seem to ...
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How can I share Google Drive folders with a group?

I'm using Google Apps and trying to share a nested folder structure with many files with a google group. Example Group test@example.com Group Members user1@example.com user2@example.com etc. ...
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How to view orphans in Google Drive

Assume someone shares a folder with me, he remains the owner of the folder. Then I put some (many) files into this folder, of which I am and remain the owner. Then that someone revokes my access to ...
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"Anonymous Animals" in Google Drive: for not-yet-accessed shared file?

I recently used Google Drive to share a file with Anyone with the link ("Anyone who has the link can access. No sign-in required."), but did not yet distribute the link to anyone. Thus, I cannot ...
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How to save shared files by Google Drive links in my account

For example someone emails you a link to a shared PDF on Google Drive. Is there a way to add it in your Google Drive instead of downloading and uploading it manually? Also it would be great if the ...
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Can you see who downloaded your music files in Google Drive?

I have some music promos I am sending to friends and other musicians. Is there a way to see who has downloaded my files? This will be good to know who has them and who was not interested.
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Do a user's access permissions to a document change if they are removed from the Google Group?

If we have a Google Document and share it with a Google Group, then remove 1 user from that Google Group, will the user who was removed still have access to the Google Document (either as a copy ...
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How can I find all files in Google Drive where a user besides myself is an owner?

I'm an owner on all documents that I create, and whenever I share with someone, I usually give them at most "editor" permissions. So, I'd like to find all documents in which I have given another user "...
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What does it mean to delete a file that's "shared with me" in Google Drive?

I don't use Google Drive very much, but I noticed I had a couple of files in the "shared with me" section of the Google Drive web app. So I decided to remove them from view, and the only way to do ...
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How to share a Google Sheets demo spreadsheet

I find a lot of -especially new- users on the site are having difficulties on sharing a demo sheet so they can be easily helped if any at all. So, what is the right way to share a demo test sheet?
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How to hide your selection on a shared file?

I want to share a Google Spreadsheet document as view only, no problem doing that, but the issue is that anyone that views the sheet while I'm working on it can see the cells that I'm selecting (they ...
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Permission to unshared document on Google Drive (Google Drive Security)

We've just had a very strange situation happen. A family member just sent my wife (an automated) email from Google asking permission to share a document we don't want to share with anyone else. We ...
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How exactly does sharing work in Google Drive?

I have an Excel spreadsheet I made to track my own scores for an Xbox game I play (TrialsHD, if you are curious). I've made it available to other players so they can track their own scores, but it ...
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Moved files from shared folder and they disappeared

I just suffered a catastrophic data loss and I'm hoping that someone here knows how to recover lost Google docs. I have two Google accounts: one personal, one for work. I created several files for a ...
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Why does Google Drive have a "change ownership" option for files that don't support it?

You can only transfer ownership of Google files and folders https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2494892 Due to this quote, as shown in to How can I transfer ownership of a file in Google Drive ...
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Share permissions set for a group is not effective if a new user is added to the group

Share permissions set for a group is not effective if a new user is added to the group. I set permissions to DocA, DocB, DocC for GroupA consisting of users UserA, UserB. If a new user UserC is added ...
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How do I transfer ownership without deleting files for everyone?

I shared a folder of pictures with someone. I set them as owner. I then deleted the folder. It was deleted for them as well. Google's Help docs claim that transferring ownership of files actually ...
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Shared folder can't be "added to My Drive"

I have two google accounts, call them A and B. A shared a folder, call it A-Drive, with B. B should be able to do an "Add to My Drive" -- but that action is not available. How can this be fixed?
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Fixing permission problems in cross-spreadsheet import when using Apps Script

I created a function in the Apps Script associated with a spreadsheet: function importNotes() { s = SpreadsheetApp.openById('spreadsheet-key').getRange('F2').getNotes(); return s; } Note ...
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How can I access to "shared with me" folders?

Obviously, shared with me folders are visible on the Google Drive web, but I cannot find them on my local Google File Stream. One suggestion online was to create a shortcut on my own Google Drive, but ...
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Google Sheets sharing based on dynamic list?

I'm betting this is way beyond Sheets' capabilities, but my workgroup is large and changes frequently. It would be ideal to be able to share Sheets documents based on a column of values in another (...
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How to publish a PDF file stored in Google Drive on a Google Sites?

I published a Google Sites webpage for anybody to access it with links to PDF files (presentations for my classes). Unfortunately, anybody who tries to download the PDF files needs special permission ...
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Google Drive - "File is in owner's trash" - how to download

I received a link to a file on Google Drive. When I try to open it, it says "File is in owner's trash" and there is no Download button. How can I download it?
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What is GoogleDrive permission merge policy?

Suppose I have a Group that grants Read permission on specific file, and a User within the Group that has Write permission. In that case, what is the permission conflict policy? From the ...
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How to disable Edit suggestions from users in Google docs

I've written a doc and I keep getting Edit suggestions from readers on it it's unreadable. How do I turn comments off?
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Ban a specific user from commenting on Google Docs

I have a Google Docs document that I allow public comments on. Lately, one specific user has been repeatedly adding unhelpful comments and hiding (marking as resolved) all of everyone else's comments. ...
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Is it possible to make comments visible only to author and owner on Google Docs?

I've been thinking about using Google Docs to share a novel with a few beta-readers because it is simpler than sending every one of them a separate text file and keeping track of the comments across ...
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How do I find out who created a Google Form

I opened a Google Form and can't find it on any of my Google accounts - perhaps a colleague created it. Students have responded, but I can't find the original to see the responses. Is there any ...
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Sharing a Google Drive folder with a Google Group

Can a Google drive folder be shared with a Google group? If yes, can each individual person in the group access the folder through their own personal email address? And if they are removed from the ...
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How to restrict someone to View access for a GDrive folder if they're in a group with Edit access?

If a Google Drive shared folder or document grants edit access to everyone in a Google Group, is it possible to restrict an individual member of that Group to view-only access? If I: Grant Can ...
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How to prevent user from downloading my Google Sheets

I have made a few useful spreadsheets for my company. I want to put them on Google Sheets, so my colleagues can use it online to make inputs and get results. But I do not want them to know the ...
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Make Drive resources available to all users in organization

My company uses G Suite Basic. I have a handful of company resources that I'd like to make visible and available to everyone in the company via their Drive - things like employee handbook, benefits ...
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Does deleting a file from Incoming folder in Google Drive delete the original file?

I'm trying to clean my drive, and there are files that have been shared with me, that I don't want anymore. I select these files, then I remove them. But since they have been shared with me as ...
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Can Google Drive Document Permissions be centrally managed for free?

Currently, document authors in the not-for-profit community group I belong to grant access to each individual document explicitly to each person who needs access. This isn't convenient when a new ...
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What information about me is visible with shareable links?

If I distribute a shareable link for a file in my Google Drive, what information about me is visible to those who click on the link? I want to share some .mid file via shareable link, which allows ...
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Is there a way to allow users to access Google Sheets with installable triggers without manually signing in?

I have set up a Google Apps Script that validates data that is entered into various Google Sheets files. I am looking for a way to allow users to access those Google Sheets files without making them ...